Establish an annual budget that supports council's management and operational plans

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Elements and Performance Criteria



1 Develop council's financial plans

1.1 The achievement of council's goals and objectives are supported by financial plans that meet the requirements of strategic or operational plans, ensure effective operation of council and reflect council's priorities and revenue policies.

1.2 Key financial performance indicators and cost elements are identified and quantified to eliminate or reduce wastage.

1.3 Cost-benefit analyses are prepared for major cost items.

2 Negotiate budgets with divisions and work groups

2.1 Budget items are prioritised with department heads in line with council's strategic and operational plans.

2.2 Subgroup budgets are consolidated into a divisional budget in line with divisional priorities.

2.3 Budget is negotiated with council based on cost/ benefit to the council and council requirements.

3 Allocate, approve and show accountability for expenditure

3.1 Financial resources are allocated as agreed in the operational plan.

3.2 Expenditure management meets the financial accountability requirements of council.

3.3 Expenditure is kept within budget and any potential overruns are identified and budget is renegotiated accordingly.

3.4 Expenditure is authorised within financial authority limits established by council.

4 Justify proposals for expenditure to council

4.1 Estimates of costs and benefits are supported by valid, relevant information and include alternative courses of action.

4.2 The net benefits over time likely to be achieved from the expenditure are clearly indicated in recommendations, and future variation in levels of activity is taken into account.

4.3 Presentation is clear, concise and in an appropriate format.

4.4 Where challenges to the proposal are made, further explanation is given to promote acceptance.

5 Monitor and revise priorities for financial resource allocation

5.1 Financial allocation is continually monitored against council objectives and priorities, ensuring optimum service delivery.

5.2 Reallocation of resources is undertaken in a consultative manner, giving details of rationale for reallocation.

5.3 Unspent resources are consolidated across council's activities for reallocation if and as required.

5.4 Currently accepted and proven financial management principles are applied at all levels of financial transactions.

6 Seek out alternative or additional financial opportunities

6.1 Effective and comprehensive methods for discovering alternative or additional sources of funding are employed.

6.2 Further sources of funding are identified and evaluated against current funding sources and selected where they better meet requirements of council plans, strategies and ventures.

Qualifications and Skillsets

LGAGOVA608A appears in the following qualifications:

  • LGA50104 - Diploma of Local Government Administration